Out and About: Dr. Dave's Performance in the Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

If you ask Dr. Dave about his holiday season, you will undoubtedly hear about his role in the Colorado Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Dr. Dave has spent countless hours working with the dancers in the ballet, so it was a huge honor for him to be invited to join them in this classic production.

Throughout December, he kept his role a secret amongst patients and friends--he was clearly excited, and wanted to share that with almost everyone that came in his office. At times it seemed almost goofy, but once that day came, all joking aside, seeing that performance would show anyone why Dr. Dave feels such honor and pride working with these athletes. The music of Tchaikovsky is exquisite, the sets glitter with intricacy, the costumes are amazing, but what is truly awesome is the physical ability displayed onstage. Some of these dancers have Olympian abilities, and the choreography clearly illustrates them. The powerful lifts and carries of the Nutcracker Prince and the Snow King, the towering jumps of the Russian dancers, and the seamless and seemingly unending pirouettes and fouettes are almost indescribable--there isn't anything quite like seeing them in person. It is amazing what the human body can do; this kind of art will send chills down your spine.

And so, on December14th at 2:00pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver, Dr. Dave made his big debut, revealing his role as a Sherpa. As the Sherpa, he was charged to carry out the covered throne-carriage of the Arabian princess and then stand guard. The show went well, and memories were made.

If you didn't get a chance to take advantage of our discount promo to get 20% off The Nutcracker, you're in luck! The promo code is good for ALL PERFORMANCES, ALL SEASON LONG. For details go to www.shapirochiro.com/events 

(Dr. Dave is the nut on the right.)

Save the Date: LoziLu Women's Mud Run - Oct 12, 2012

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Ladies, have you heard of the LoziLu Women's Mud Run? Get out your calendars and save the date--this Saturday, October 12, women are invited to "conquer the obstacles, embrace the mud, and party with friends," and what's more, psrticipants will be contributing to a great cause. LoziLu & L.I.F.E. (the Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric) help kids and young adults with leukemia & lymphoma to pay their medical bills. 

The mud run is going down at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You may register online here. If you make it to the finish line, make sure you stop by the SFC booth, say hi, and show us how dirty you are--the muddier, the better!

Out and About: Walk to Defeat ALS 2013

 

Do you know what ALS stands for? According to The ALS Association, "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as 'Lou Gehrig's Disease,' is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

With a definition like that, it seems surprising that so few know about the debilitating and life-threatening disease, and while it is not a very common disease, seeing the turnout at the 2013 Walk to Defeat ALS provided a somber glance into the many lives this sickness affects. The event, held on Saturday, September 5 at City Park turned out more than 1700 walkers and raised about $285,000 according to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association. The money raised will go directly to support care services for those with ALS, and research and public policy efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Along with raising a whole lot of money, walkers honored those who have lost their lives to ALS by wearing signs on their backs with the names of their loved ones lost--a touching but sometimes heart wrenching gesture. A marching band came to send the walkers off at the starting line, and participants were rewarded with cheese burgers at the end. All in all, it was a beautiful day and though it was bittersweet, it was sweet nonetheless. If you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the ALS Association or participate in 2014, you can learn more here.

Save the Date: Denver Walk to Defeat ALS 10/5

 

"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival."--The ALS Association

Please join us this Saturday, October 5th at City Park at the Walk to Defeat ALS. We will be doing our complimentary chair massages and spinal screenings as usual. If you want to participate in this 3K walk, you can register here.

Out and About: First Annual Colorado Symphony 5K

The Shapiro Family Chiropractic team was proud to be volunteering at the first ever Colorado Symphony 5K at Sloan's Lake on Saturday September 21, 2013. According to organizers, nearly 1000 participants registered for the 5K, making the event a great success! Along with the run/walk, the day was filled with fun and festivities for the whole family, with live music, a kids' crafting station, and a local business expo. Shapiro Family Chiropractic offerings included free chair massage and spinal screenings for participants. We were honored to be included in this premier event for the Colorado Symphony and look forward to working with them in the future.